Kingsport teacher pay plan shifts weight from degrees to performance

Rick Wagner • Feb 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools’ new differentiated compensation policy for teachers will result in a pay increase for every teacher.

However, it gives less weight to having advanced degrees and adds job performance as a variable.

City school system spokesman Andy True and Andy Irvin, a teacher at the system’s Cora Cox Academy, gave the Board of Education its first look at what the school system is poised to do to meet the mandate for differentiated pay starting in 2014-15, with a Phase 2 coming in 2015-16.

The proposal, to be considered for a vote by the board March 6 and then again by the end of June after state Board of Education approval, was based on the work of a task force of teachers from across the system.

It will be more or less expenditure neutral, Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said, adding that differentiated pay raises would be separate from cost-of-living increases.

The Kingsport City Schools pay scale would start at 0 years experience and a bachelor’s degree at $38,500, about the same as now, and end at a 90th step of $64,000.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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